Even with the advent and popularity of synthetic fibers, there are a few natural fibers that simply can’t be beat – and wool might be the most incredible of them all. But how much do you really know about this remarkable textile? Read on for five weird facts brought to you by the experts at Floor Coverings International KC South, and find out why wool is a great choice for carpet in your Olathe home!
“Wool” technically also refers to the fibers from goats, oxen, camels, and rabbits.
Weird, right? Technically, the word “wool” is a blanket term for textile fiber from any of these animals. The common thread (pun intended) between these fibers is their chemical makeup. But don’t worry – we know you want the stuff that comes from sheep when you’re talking about wool for your carpet.
Wool has been so important to the English economy that the Parliament still uses a ceremonial wool seat.
Believe it or not, the Lord Speaker in the House of Lords (an Upper House of Parliament in the United Kingdom) sits on a special chair called the “Woolsack.” The tradition of sitting on a wool bale dates back to the 1300s, and it symbolizes the huge importance of wool production and trade in the UK. If it doesn’t sound very comfortable to sit on a bale of wool, don’t worry: it’s covered in red cloth and there’s a backrest.
Which country produces the most wool now? You might be surprised.
Though England dominated the wool trade for centuries, 25% of the world’s wool is currently produced in Australia! Hot on the Aussie’s heels is China, making up 18% of the six million tons of wool produced each year.
Firemen, soldiers, and homeowners all use wool for the same reason.
Because wool has microscopic scales that point in the same direction, and because of its unique chemical composition, wool is naturally flame resistant. It won’t easily ignite, it often self-extinguishes, and it doesn’t melt – so you can understand why it’s the textile of choice for high-safety environments and occupations. And of course, that means you can feel safe installing this carpeting in your home!
Why does wool shrink? Because of those amazing scales!
The same scales that make wool so tough are also what give it a reputation for being high maintenance. If you’re having trouble imagining a “scaly fiber,” picture this: under a microscope, a single wool fiber looks almost exactly like a palm tree!
After wool is processed, the scales tend to get mixed up in different directions. Then when you wash wool, the scales interlock and can’t slide back into their normal shape as they usually would. Luckily, thanks to improvements in processing methods, you won’t have to worry about your carpet shrinking.
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Are you thinking that wool might be right for the carpet in your Olathe home? The carpet flooring experts at Floor Coverings International KC South are proud to serve the greater Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood area, so schedule a free consultation and we’ll bring our mobile showroom straight to you! Contact us to get started today.
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